A quirk is a unique, odd, and sometimes charming trait that makes a person stand out from the crowd. Country comedian Minnie Pearl was known for her quirk of wearing a $1.98 price tag dangling from her hat.

A quirk can be an adorable little habit, like wearing flowery dresses and big sun bonnets or bow ties every day. Someone who has one or many quirks is said to be quirky — a little odd, but usually in a fun way. When it's not being used to describe people's unusual traits, quirk can mean a quick curve, or a groove, that runs along or separates the molding in a building.

Primary Meanings of quirk

a strange attitude or habit
twist or curve abruptly
a narrow groove beside a beading
Full Definitions of quirk

n a strange attitude or habit

crotchet, oddity, queerness, quirkiness
Type of:
strangeness, unfamiliarity
unusualness as a consequence of not being well known

v twist or curve abruptly

“She quirked her head in a peculiar way”
Type of:
turn in the opposite direction

n a narrow groove beside a beading

Type of:
channel, groove
a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)

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